Good-Value Tanzania & Livingstone

13 days

Highlights

  • See Tarangire’s large elephant herds
  • Pass Lake Manyara’s pink flamingos
  • Spot the Big 5 in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Chance to experience the Wildebeest Migration
  • Have adventures at the world’s largest waterfall
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Overview

It is possible to spend 13 days in Africa with a more limited budget that provides good value. We see ‘good value’ as game viewing in some of the continent’s best parks and reserves while staying at comfortable accommodation that has all you need without being over the top.

You will kick off in the charming town of Arusha, the gateway to Tanzania’s most popular safari route. From there, your guide will drive you through the jaw-dropping scenery and fantastic wildlife of Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, the Karatu region, and the one-and-only Ngorongoro Crater.

You then fly to Serengeti National Park where, if your timing is right, you might see Africa’s greatest show: the incomparable Great Wildebeest Migration. Hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, closely followed by zebra and antelope, cross the Serengeti’s iconic savannah in search of fresh water and grazing. There is nothing to compare to the sight of thousands of wildebeest as far as the eye can see.

Your grand finale is at one Africa’s most celebrated destinations: the stunning Victoria Falls. You have three days to spend exploring the Falls, cruising on the meandering Zambezi River and catching your breath before you fly home.

Summary

  • Tour Duration: 13 Days

Accommodations Visited

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Itinerary

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Day 1-2: Jambo Tanzania!

Arusha, Tanzania
Detailed breakdown

Day 1-2: Jambo Tanzania! | 1 Night

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Arusha, Tanzania

‘Jambo’ is the daily greeting in Tanzania and soon you will be saying it automatically to everyone you come across! After flying into Arusha Airport, you will be welcomed by a driver for the short trip to Rivertrees Country Inn. Arusha is a small town surrounded by coffee plantations and protected by the peak of Mount Meru. Rivertrees is the epitome of this ‘country life’ with lush gardens, stone, timber and thatch architecture, and a classic bungalow layout.

Shake off any jet-lag with a dip in the swimming pool or a stroll around the manicured garden. The next morning sees you set off, as so many others have done, to the safari wonderland of Tarangire.

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Days 2-4: Back to basics in Tarangire | 2 Nights

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Tarangire, Tanzania

For the next two nights your home will be a very comfortable tent with an en suite bathroom in the heart of Tarangire. With proper beds, flushing loos and hot showers, you will find yourself perfectly placed to enjoy all that Tarangire has to offer.

After morning and afternoon game drives to view the animals during the coolest parts of the day when they are most active, you can relax back at Tarangire Ndovu Camp with an iced drink and a pair of binoculars for birding and watching the world go by. In the evenings, time around the campfire under the stars is never time wasted.

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Days 4-6: Get ready for the Big 5 | 2 Nights

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Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Drive through Lake Manyara National Park – known for its massive flocks of pink flamingos – takes you to the fertile Karatu region and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Your accommodation changes from spacious tents to a beautiful log cabin on stilts that overlooks forested slopes – even the sun-splashed swimming pool has a wonderful vista. Neptune Ngorongoro Luxury Lodge has a private spa, lovely open-air dining areas and cosy fireplaces for the chilly evenings over the winter peak season.

A highlight here most definitely takes place on Day 5 of your holiday, when you undertake a game drive to the Ngorongoro Crater. This is one of the few volcanic calderas or rims that are still fully intact: the caldera protects the animals within its steep walls while the minerals in the crater floor’s soil allow for plentiful grazing. Streams feed marshes and waterholes, meaning wildlife here is generally in excellent condition. The crater is considered by experts to be one of the best places on earth to see all of the Big 5, often in a single game drive. It is not unusual to see elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo on the same day but, of course, nothing is guaranteed in Nature. Its very unpredictability – you never know what you will see next! – is part of what makes safari so much fun.

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Days 6-9 The Serengeti’s endless plains | 3 Nights

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Serengeti, Tanzania

After nearly a week exploring northern Tanzania, it is time to bid your devoted driver farewell on your return to Arusha. You will have experienced many adventures together and it is not surprising how quickly a bond can form out in the African bush.
But it is now time for a new guide and new adventures. A light aircraft will fly you into the Serengeti where a tented lodge in a prime position awaits you. With just 10 tents, Kichakani is a superb melding of the safari days of yore with modern conveniences. The beds are swathed in frothy mosquito netting, the en suite bathroom features a classic bucket shower and the mess tent harks back to the 19th century. The 21st century is represented by flush loos, a complimentary laundry service (which is very convenient after a week on safari) and charging points for your camera. The entire camp is designed with the lightest possible environmental impact in mind.

The camp moves throughout the year to keep up with the migrating herds of wildebeest until they leave Tanzania and cross into Kenya. This is among the most dramatic times of the Great Migration as the herds have to cross the treacherous Mara River on their journey, the females often pregnant, with crocodiles, lions and leopards often lying in wait…

Even outside the Migration season, the Serengeti serves up superb game viewing. Its prides of lion are famously large, the birdlife is excellent and you will come across all sorts of predators and plains game.

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Days 9-10 Big city break | 1 Night

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Nairobi, Kenya

After more than a week on safari, it is time for a complete change of scene. In order to fly to Victoria Falls, you will spend a night in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi to access the connecting flights. Your overnight abode is the Eka Hotel, a modern establishment close to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. This is a good opportunity to make the most of the Wi-Fi and perhaps savour a massage after time on bumpy roads.

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Days 10-13 Bliss at Victoria Falls | 3 Nights

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Victoria Falls, Zambia

It is your final few days in Africa and what better place to spend it then The River Club in Zambia, just upstream from Victoria Falls? This tranquil riverside property has plenty to recommend it: a running and walking track through the gardens, a croquet lawn, a billiard table, beautiful antiques and, naturally, pretty river views. Suites are very large – sink down into your bubble bath to watch the Zambezi River flowing hypnotically past…

The big hitter here is the biggest waterfall in the world. A guided tour will fill you in on everything you need to know about the length and breadth of Mosi-oa-Tunya, as the Falls are traditionally known. Water levels fluctuate throughout the year and, depending on when you visit, you may be able to partake of adventure activities like white-water rafting, swimming in a shallow eddy on the precipice known as the Devil’s Pool, taking tea on Livingstone Island or even being lucky enough to see a lunar rainbow.

There is also plenty of shopping to enjoy as well as more sedate pastimes like touring the Victoria bridge the connects Zimbabwe with Zambia or booking a last game drive in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park on the Zambian side. The topper to your holiday is a sunset cruise on the Zambezi, the perfect time to enjoy ‘yawning’ hippos, wading elephants, calling fish eagles and the antics of crocodiles, vervet monkeys, water monitors and aquatic bird species like skimmers and terns, before you make your way home.

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Inclusions

  • All return airport transfers
  • Flights from Manyara to Nairobi and Nairobi to Livingstone
  • Guided 4x4 transfers between Arusha, Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater
  • Ngorongoro Crater Tour
  • Victoria Falls Tour
  • Zambezi River Sunset Cruise
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Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

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Dates Price
2019-03-22 — 2019-04-30 $9,370
2019-06-10 — 2019-07-19 $9,770
2019-07-20 — 2019-08-28 $9,780
2019-08-29 — 2019-10-07 $9,770
2019-10-08 — 2019-11-16 $9,770
Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:
  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
  • Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.